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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
UH Board of Regents approves updated Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 271 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... “The University of Hawaiʻi would still be responsible to care for Maunakea under that bill until 2028,” said Lassner, noting that the measure could still be vetoed ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
UH to Pause Work on Mauna Kea Master Lease
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 556 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 CD1 makes it clear that the new Authority will be responsible for deciding if there will be more or less astronomy on Maunakea than the nine observatories allowed under the current UH Master Plan ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
DLNR: Mauna Kea Bill Dangerous, Unconstitutional
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 575 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 CD1 leaves significant gaps that could result in worse management of Mauna Kea’s natural and cultural resources ....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Helping Native Hawaiians Obtain Financial Capital
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:34 AM :: 632 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Small Business

... There are many success stories of Native Hawaiians benefiting from financial capital through the NHRLF ....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
OHA Trustees Reject Maunakea Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 AM :: 732 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... an appraisal must be taken to set the commercial value of the lease and to ensure that the lease rent is set to ensure the highest return to the State and to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Full Text: Conference Committee Issues Proposed Draft to Create Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority
By News Release @ 5:43 AM :: 592 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... This afternoon, the legislative conference committee on House Bill (HB) 2024, Relating to Mauna Kea, issued a proposed conference draft (CD 1) ....

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Saturday, April 23, 2022
OHA LLCs Funnel Dollars to COO, Individuals, Lawfirm
By Andrew Walden @ 9:45 PM :: 1413 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA LLCs make hundreds of payments to Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and other retail outlets and hundreds of payments directly to named individuals ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tribal Consultation Bill Hits Alaska-Hawaii Snag
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 AM :: 634 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

... H.R.3587, as introduced by Grijalva on May 28, 2021, does not mention Alaska Native corporations or Native Hawaiian organizations.... But Grijalva planned to unveil a new version of the RESPECT Act with Alaska Native corporations and Native Hawaiian organizations on the morning of the April 6 markup ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Akina: Success of OHA’s Grants Program is a Strong Reason to Increase OHA’s PLT Share
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 734 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... there had been serious concerns over the integrity of the program, including concerns over favoritism ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Former OHA Aide Pleads Guilty to $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 1047 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Harleman faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the wire fraud counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the money laundering counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, plus a term of supervised release up to three years ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Anti-Telescope Leaders Oppose HB2024 -- 'Bill does not provide any benefits'
By Andrew Walden @ 5:49 AM :: 1024 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...Thi$ Bill DOE$ NOT provide for any benefit$, or any procedure for $uch benefit$ to tran$fer to the beneficiarie$...." -- Anti-Telescope Protest Leaders

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
OHA Completes only 28% of Audit Recommendations
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:00 PM :: 613 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA has implemented 11 and partially implemented 13 of the 39 recommendations made in our report. An additional nine recommendations were not implemented and we determined six to be not applicable ....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Public feedback needed for update to Maunakea management plan
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 937 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The draft CMP Supplement does not propose projects or land uses. It must be approved by the UH Board of Regents (BOR) and then approved by the BLNR at public meetings to take effect ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
Mililani Trask Selected as OHA Trustee
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 915 Views :: Hawaii County , OHA

... OHA Board of Trustees today selected former OHA Trustee Mililani Trask of Hilo to serve as the new OHA Trustee for Hawaiʻi Island ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Mauna Kea: UH Seeks Cultural Practitioners for 'Cultural Impact Assessment'
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 755 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... possible effects on cultural practices by future land authorizations ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Samuel Wilder King II, Kalanikupua, Enters OHA At-Large-Trustee Race
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 5:30 PM :: 1306 Views :: OHA

... For more information about the campaign and Sam, please visit his website at votesamking.com ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Auditor: OHA Created $15M Special Fund, Did not Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:48 AM :: 1067 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Revolving Fund $15,448,000 ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Maunakea telescope to be decommissioned this summer
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 853 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... CSO is one of two Maunakea telescopes currently in the final stages of the decommissioning process, established in the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The UH Hilo Hōkū Kea Telescope is on track to be decommissioned in 2023 .... 

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Thursday, February 3, 2022
OHA Bumps Up $1M Emergency Financial Assistance Program
By News Release @ 2:00 AM :: 2142 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... OHA’s Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program is being administered by Hawaiʻi Community Lending ....

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Thursday, February 3, 2022
Evening Tour of ʻIolani Palace: A Walk Through the Past
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:43 AM :: 777 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

... the first evening tour of the ʻIolani Palace held in over a year ....

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Honolulu Council Copies OHA Playbook--Threatens Military Leases in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1249 Views :: Honolulu County, Greenmail, Military, OHA

... this is the same political model being used by OHA to extract rent money from astronomy on Mauna Kea .... 

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Monday, January 31, 2022
OHA Trustee Keola Lindsey Resigns
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 1738 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections, OHA

... OHA’s Board of Trustees will have 60 days to appoint a new trustee for Hawaiʻi Island, who will serve in the position until the next Hawaiʻi state general election in November 2022 ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Calling OHA’s Bluff:  HB2024 Would Strip Mountain of Telescopes, Hand it over to Hawaiian Activists
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1602 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... No telescopes = No rent money ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
UH Regents approve new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 1059 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The plan’s strategies include broadening Native Hawaiian and community participation in planning and programming ....

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Saturday, January 15, 2022
UH regents to consider new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 915 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Board of Regents (BOR) will consider adopting the draft Master Plan for UH-managed lands on Maunakea at the BOR January 20, 2022 meeting  ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
Statewide Historic Preservation Plan to be Updated
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 871 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA

... The first meeting is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 PM, Friday, January 14 ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Native Hawaiian Access to Healthcare is a Symptom of a Statewide Problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:38 PM :: 1393 Views :: Health Care, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “Hawaiʻi is the ʻmost hostile health environment to practice in," physician says ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
OHA’s 2022 Legislative Package
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 881 Views :: Land Use, OHA

... the Board of Trustees (1) approved the drafting and submission of a Public Land Trust focused bill to the 2022 legislature; and (2) approved the measure entitled Building Back Pono: Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities in the Post-COVID Era ....

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Saturday, December 18, 2021
Calling OHA's Bluff: Legislators Recommend Removing All Observatories from Maunakea
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2685 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... without telescopes, who will be left to pay OHA rent? ....

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Friday, December 10, 2021
UH regents schedule first meeting on new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 1039 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The Master Plan serves as a framework for aligning land-use decisions ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Biden: WHIAANHPI Will Save Hawaiians
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 1364 Views :: DHHL, National News, OHA

... the new WHIAANHPI is housed within HHS, returning this initiative to the Department where it was first launched under the Clinton Administration in 1999 ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
OHA Report: Graft is ‘Courageous and Commendable’
By Andrew Walden @ 3:50 AM :: 1994 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, OHA

... OHA is seeking a new ‘Auditor’ willing to generate a report that will condemn the CLA Audit as “inflammatory statements” and “lies” ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Meals & Mahalo Nui to the Heroes of the Pandemic
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 PM :: 987 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... Zip codes with a high concentration of Native Hawaiian residents became “hot zones” ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
Hawaiians: Diverse and Dispersed Yet Bound Together in Aloha
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:08 PM :: 1189 Views :: OHA

... “Who speaks for Native Hawaiians?” and how disagreements are resolved when Native Hawaiians disagree ....

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Sunday, October 31, 2021
The Perils of Being a Watch Doggie
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1952 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent .... 

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Saturday, October 23, 2021
BLNR to Rule on Whether UH Missed Deadline to Break Ground on TMT
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 1404 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... BLNR will rule on a petition for declaratory orders from parties from the 2016-17 Thirty-Meter Telescope permit contested case ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Honolulu Bookkeeper Indicted for $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 583 Views :: OHA, Small Business

... six counts of wire fraud and seven counts of money laundering ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
VIDEO: UH Virtual Forum on Maunakea Master Plan
By Video @ 8:44 PM :: 1349 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... About 55 questions were submitted and answered during the two hour livestream hosted by Marisa Yamane ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
OHA Sinks $47M into Iwilei Real Estate Deal
By News Release @ 6:37 AM :: 1801 Views :: OHA

... OHA announces commercial acquisition of two properties next to Nā Lama Kukui ....

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
A Voice For Unity
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 1165 Views :: OHA, Politicians

... MidWeek profiles Keli'i Akina ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
OHA Check Register: Complete List of Who Gets Paid FY2020-21
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 2413 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... This is the second fiscal year after the departure of former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe.  Is the cash still flowing to insiders?  See for yourself ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
Public input requested for new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 7:48 PM :: 1728 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... the draft is going to the UH Board of Regents for review and possibly further changes before final approval, which is expected in early 2022 ....

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
Akina: OHA is Becoming More Accountable in How It Gives Out Money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 1676 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... How effective were our reform efforts? Well, I am pleased to say that one of the first report cards has just arrived ....

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
Two Hawaii Lawyers Appointed to Interior Department
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1502 Views :: DHHL, OHA

... Summer Lee Haunani Sylva and Keone Nakoa ....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
No Land for TMT on La Palma: Spanish Court Revokes Telescope License (again)
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 3232 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a judge of the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has revoked the concession of public forest land to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
OHA: Hawaiians Should Get Vaccinated
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 1358 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... During most of this pandemic, the infection rate in the Native Hawaiian community was below the curve. That has changed with the more aggressive Delta variant ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
Three Years Later: Auditor Reviews OHA Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:33 PM :: 1382 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"We found the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has implemented 10 and partially implemented 1 of the 11 recommendations made in our report...."

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
OHA: Disproportionate Spike in COVID-19 Cases in Native Hawaiian Communities
By News Release @ 6:54 PM :: 1933 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, OHA, COVID-19

... the vaccination rate among the Native Hawaiian community may be as low as 35% ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Mauna Kea Working Group Creates Webpage, Working on Report to the Legislature
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 1817 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... MKWG is to present recommendations for a new governance and management structure for Mauna Kea to the Legislature by December 31, 2021 ....

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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Too Many Red Flags to Ignore: OHA Must Follow Up on the CLA Report
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 1702 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... I do not believe OHA Administration’s implementation plan satisfies the directive given to OHA via Act 29 ....

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